Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

Are your low-voltage and security customers concerned over “hanging” security cameras on the enterprise network and opening it to potential vulnerabilities? Or are they looking at protecting other parts of their commercial facility that may be housing data and other privileged information? reported in October 2014 that the United States has more electrical grid blackouts than any other developed nation and that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), demand for electricity has outpaced transmission rates by 25 percent every year since 1982.

As projects become more complex, electrical contractors need high-tech management methods to ensure more efficient results. Here are just a few examples to help you get headed in the right direction. 5pm

The dark fiber providers that most people are familiar with are private companies that were started to offer fiber connectivity for a profit. Today, there is a major movement toward building fiber networks as a public-private partnership.

More on Systems

'Numbers Game' Is Putting the Industry in a Vise

(For referenced charts, graphs and tables, please refer to the January issue of Electrical Contractor).

Wire and Cable Management Solutions Suit Any Field Condition

Cable management for voice/data/video (VDV) is a very important element in an infrastructure and belongs just about everywhere there is cable to be laid.

Category 6 Gigabit Ethernet Standard Approved

The first Category 6 application has been approved and published as of June 2001. It is an alternate transmission scheme for 1Gigabit Ethernet taking advantage of the increased bandwidth offered by Category 6 cabling systems.

Simplifying the Installers' Life

The fiber optic installers’ life can get complicated. While fiber is not difficult to work with, it does require a lot of attention to details.

Save Time and Money on Structured Cabling Systems

The practice of installing cabling systems for a specific application or each new application is outdated.

A Surviving Dot-Com Mutates—the only operational site of the “stable”—has changed dramatically since its founding. What’s impressive is’s adaptation to the prevailing environment.

Termination Processes Decide Costs

Last month’s fiber optics column focused on estimating. This month’s column targets a small but important part of installation costs: fiber optic cable termination.